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Tzipi Livniand Sec. of State John Kerry.

It’s official.

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry followed up on the Israeli Cabinet approval in principle to free 104 terrorists, and announced that Palestinian Authority and Israeli negotiators have been invited to resume direct talks in Washington on Monday and Tuesday.

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No RSVP was attached to the invitation, and PA negotiator Saeb Erekat will come without any gifts.

Israel already has sent its present, the Cabinet approval to release terrorists who were sentenced to jail instead of being executed for brutal and cruel murders of soldiers and citizens, including children, mothers and the elderly.

Media all over the world reported the Cabinet decision to free “prisoners” while avoiding the “T” word, lest the character of the murderers be tarnished.

“Today, Kerry spoke with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas and Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu and personally extended an invitation to send senior negotiating teams to Washington to formally resume direct final status negotiations,” State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said in a statement.

“Initial meetings are planned for the evening of Monday July 29 and Tuesday July 30,” she said.

This is great news for travel agents, airlines and luxury hotels, all of which will be busy taking care of the VIPs.

Livni and Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu’s personal envoy Yitzchak Molcho are to fly out of Ben Gurion Airport Sunday night or early Monday morning and meet with their Palestinian Authority counterparts, Mohammad Shtayyeh and Saeb Erekat the same day.

He refrained from praising Israel for freeing the terrorists, and for good reason. The Cabinet in fact approved that a smaller Inner Cabinet will review the list of terrorists and decide who will be released.

Erekat and other officials have insisted that all must be freed of the talks are to continue. “We will continue working for the release of all our political prisoners,” he said, upgrading the terrorists to some kind of workers for humanitarian rights who were summarily court-martialed for being Arabs.

The whole scheme cooked up by Abbas and Kerry could come apart because the list of 104 terrorists includes 15 who are Israeli citizens. Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon of the Likud had swallowed hard to vote to approve Netanyahu’s request to free them, but he put his foot down when it comes to the Israeli Arabs. Time will tell if he caves in again.

No one in the government has yet explained – and in fact no one else has asked – why it is the Palestinian Authority’s business to worry about Israeli Arabs. Maybe , just maybe, the PA had some kind of connection with the terrorists. Just maybe.

In the meantime, Livni will have the time of her life, getting all of the attention she craves and competing with Kerry to see who can pour more honey on the poisoned peace process.

Kerry will repeat twice a day and three times a night how brave and courageous Israel is, State Dept Doublespeak for weakness and cowardice.

Livni will say how Israel is willing to make “painful concessions,” and Erekat will continue to say that negotiations mean, “Continue to make painful concessions until we get everything we want because after that you won’t be around to feel any pain.”

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13 COMMENTS

  1. I am an 4th generation american and I find it totally embarrassing seeing this man, who supposedly represents USA, trying to make peace where there is no peace. I am embarrassed. I think Israel with G-D behind them has any problems governing themselves. I don't believe they should be forced to give an inch on any land, Quit building anywhere, or release any prisoners. We would not do it and shouldn't expect any one else to. G-D gave the blessing to Jacob and Esau gave it away. But Esau keeps trying to take back what they gave away.And here we are trying to intervene. Lets us gey out and let G-D have his way!

  2. I can still see the images of Chamberlain waving the paper in 1938 and proclaiming "Peace in our time". This disgusting display of appeasement will bring Israel the same results as it did to the then British P.M. I guess Israel has not learned from the bitter lessons of history. Maybe, G-d willing, a Winston Churchill will come along in Israel.

  3. Well Gerald as a European, I have to say the US should be ashamed of her current three negotiators, would be better is the CIA took them out. They are equally as bad as the dumb middle aged woman Ashton representing the EU by boycotting Israel. G-d right now is not at the peace talks and this is what is in front of us. Israel has a gun held to her head and if she doesn't comply she will be shot. Get rid of your current government intent on keeping OIL prices low so the great US can keep running her damn cars and keep have the nation employed making cars. Time for the US to be more diverse and stop backing terrorists both in Egypt, Syria and allowing Iran to go ahead with a nuclear program, threatening Israel if she doesn't keep her nose out of Iran. Iran is Russia's baby, and your President hasn't got a patch on Putin. Putin left diagreeing and not because Russia is communist, that is an old chestnut that can no longer be played. Get with it US there are more powerful Nations than you, China and Russia are quite willing to tolerate one another for the sake of maintaining peace and stability the US just wants to maintain OIL prices like a greedy kid. The US has turned into a five year old kid driving a ten tonne truck. Israel is not the 53rd State of the US.

  4. Chamberlain may have been before my time but I know my history and thank god for Sir Winston Churchill, who, if he were here today would take no crap from so called Palestine. He knew Arabs extremely well, it was TH Lawrence who romanticised them. Israel needs Churchill today to back her PM.

  5. First I must address Mr. Kochberg's observation, and like Mr. Kochberg I firmly wish a Churchill for Israel would arise out of the current morass. Kerry is nothing more than a college boy with a kids ideology, Livni too inexperienced and tender hearted to be in high level negotiations.

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